Open to general public starting Thursday, visiting filmmaker on Friday!

We've got GOOD NEWS for the general public! Starting this Thursday, September 30, Cornell Cinema can welcome the general public to ALL of our screenings by adhering to Cornell University's recently announced and updated event protocols!

As of Thursday, ALL PATRONS, including members of the Cornell community, will need to provide one of the following to gain admittance:

  • Cornell ID; or
  • Proof of vaccine; or
  • Proof of negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event.

Note: for more specific guidance as to exactly what forms of documentation will qualify as proof of vaccination or as a negative test result check out this article on current Cornell Cinema COVID-19 guidelines.

Visiting filmmaker alert! This Friday we’ll be hosting Nigerian filmmaker Arie Esiri for a post-screening Q&A for his debut film Eyimofe (This is My Desire) (pictured)! The film was shot on richly textured 16mm film and provides a vivid snapshot of life in contemporary Lagos. Visiting Assistant Professor Daniel Fermín Pfeffer (PMA) will moderate the discussion of this would-be migrant story. Esiri’s visit is sponsored by Performing & Media Arts & the CU Migrations Initiative, and the film itself (screening again on Saturday without Q&A) is co-sponsored with Africana Studies & Research Center. 

On Tuesday, we host a FREE screening of The Silence of Others, a film originally scheduled to run in March 2020. This cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past has some newfound resonances for us today. Featuring an introduction by Senior Lecturer Cecilia Lawless (Romance Studies).

And speaking of faculty introductions, Professor Sabine Haenni (PMA) will introduce Blonde Venus (Wed), the excellent Joseph von Sternberg film starring Marlene Dietrich and a very young and handsome Cary Grant! Screening as part of our 50th Anniversary series!

Matías Piñeiro, the prolific Argentinian director whom we’ve had the pleasure of hosting, has another Shakespeare-inflected film, Isabella (Thurs & Sun). The latest in his series of films inspired by the women of Shakespeare's comedies, Isabella is his most structurally daring and visually stunning work to date. It’s really something and is screening as part of the local Cine con Cultura Latinx American Film Festival.

Also screening this week is Wong Kar Wai’s last film (so far), The Grandmaster (Fri & Sat), as well as The Sparks Brothers (Thurs & Sun), a new documentary from Edgar Wright, about the best band you might not know about: Sparks! They’ve released over 30 albums. They’re incredible.And they penned the Leos Carax musical Annette, that we're showing in November!

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image from the film EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE)